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  •  plume: lots of cameras onsite, but not big-time (0+ / 0-)

    news-network/cable-show cameras. Cell phone cameras, mostly.
    Took the media awhile to get there from Waco / DFW, from what I understand.

    Point to this rant of mine is a counterpoint to much of what has been written here -- some of it by kos himself -- about what happened in West. Everybody wants to see some giant corporation brought to its knees in the aftermath of a preventable disaster.

    There isn't such a corporation in play here -- this is in some ways the opposite of the PCA plant up in Plainview in that regard. The grain elevator and fertilizer distributor in West belonged to a family, or maybe just the family patriarch, who'd been running the business for 7 or 8 years, according to the Dallas paper, as a source for fertilizer for farmers in the area -- and complying with the rules as he found out about the need to, more than likely by getting written up for noncompliance by state and federal outfits doing piecemeal complaint responses.

    The system that's supposed to make our industries, including agriculture, safe is so full of holes it's almost beyond belief. One of the ones we have not solved with the help of the Department of Homeland Security is that they don't communicate with state or county officials to find out where things like railcars full of ammonium nitrate live.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 02:14:35 PM PDT

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